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Patterson Hood on Record Stores

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment


Patterson Hood, of the Drive-by Truckers, shared with some of his memories of local record stores. Below are some of the high points. You can read the whole thing here.

— “Some of my fondest childhood memories are of going to a small record store in Florence AL called The Turning Point every friday or saturday afternoon. I would skip lunch at school and save my lunch money for the week and it would put me within a dollar or two of having enough for a record a week (1974 prices).”

— “When I was 14 they built a mall on my side of the river with a Record Bar in it. They were a chain, but in those days it was a pretty cool one and when I turned 16 it became my first job. I was a terrible employee, but I’m convinced they never fired me because I spent all my paycheck on records and I knew our inventory inside out.”

— “We have a turntable on our tourbus and we go scouring for little indie record stores in every town and I still blow my whole per-diem on records. Here I am 43 with a wife and child and I’m still misappropriating my lunch money like in 5th grade.”

— “The record labels throwing the indie stores to the wolves and casting their lot with the faceless megastores is indicative the mindset that has put them in such sorry shape of late. The indie record store was the closest link between music and the consumer and there was no replacing that interaction.”

— “Long Live Record Stores!”


Quotables: Record Store-Style

December 26, 2012 Leave a comment


Famous people saying stuff

“If it wasn’t for independent record stores, I would be a San Fernando valley real estate agent.”
– Fat Mike (NOFX)

“The Independent Record Store is the reason why i STILL do music…It seems like they’re the only ones that Really care about the real music lovers…we need them…they’re our balance to all of the music we are FORCED to listen to…they’re the only ones that may still suggest something NEW and FRESH instead of just what’s popular.”
– DJ Jazzy Jeff

“The indie record stores are the backbone of the recorded music culture. It’s where we go to network, browse around, and find new songs to love. The stores whose owners and staff live for music have spread the word about exciting new things faster and with more essence than either radio or the press. Any artist that doesn’t support the wonderful ma and pa record stores across America is contributing to our own extinction.”
– Joan Jett

“Music is an important part of our culture and record stores play a vital part in keeping the power of music alive”
– Chuck Berry

“Record stores keep the human social contact alive it brings people together. Without the independent record stores the community breaks down with everyone sitting in front of their computers”
– Ziggy Marley

“The idea of, ‘The journey is the destination’ is put into action by browsing in an indie record store. Besides, a human being is a much better guide than a ‘More Like This’ link on the internet.”
– Patton Oswalt

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October 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Stuff that famous people said

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”
-Jimi Hendrix

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.”
-John Lennon

“The only point I could make about the Pistols, being an eyewitness, is that they could absolutely play. The four of them could get in a shite stage on a shite Tuesday night, and the sound you’d hear was total.”
-Joe Strummer

“When I got done with Pretty Hate Machine, I realized, ‘Holy fuck, how am I going to play this live?'”
-Trent Reznor

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.”
-Kurt Vonnegut

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September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

“I love a good dance ditty. God, I love disco. I see no problem admiring the Bee Gees and being in the Sex Pistols.”
-Johnny Rotten

“Rock and roll is an expression of the energy of life, the energy that comes from the realization you’re alive, projecting it outwards. You just wanna stamp your feet and wave your hands in the air.”
-Ian Astbury of the Cult

“Without freedom of expression, good taste means nothing.”
-Neil Young

“I think anger is a really beautiful thing when it’s put to work.”
-Ian MacKaye of Fugazi

“What pisses me off is when I’ve got seven or eight record company fat pig men sitting there telling me what to wear.”
-Sinead O’Connor

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August 14, 2012 Leave a comment

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
-Albert Einstein

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
-Frank Zappa

“It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”
-Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity

“I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, ‘Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the fucking deli without hearing or seeing me.”
-Lady Gaga

“Well, I sort of don’t trust anybody who doesn’t like Led Zeppelin.”
-Jack White

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July 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Famous people saying stuff

“Onstage, I’ve been hit by a grapefruit, beer cans, eggs, spit, money, cigarette butts, mandies, Quaaludes, joints, bras, panties and a fist.”
-Iggy Pop

“Nobody’s gonna like you guys, but I’ll have you back.”
-CBGB owner Hilly Kristal to the Ramones

“The whole idea of punk, which I came out of, was that you didnt’ have to be able to play. And I couldn’t. That was the charm and the joy of it.”
-Robert Smith

“While we had a reputation as rampaging sexual vandals, the truth is that most of the time we were looking for nothing at bedtime other than a good book.”
-Robert Plant

“I still think of myself as an awkward tomboy. It’s something I’ll never get over, no matter how many magazines I’m in.”

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July 2, 2012 Leave a comment

“When we recorded Hello Nasty we always wore the short shorts, the long socks and the shin pads. That way the creative vibe was just right.”
-Mike D of the Beastie Boys

“Billy Joel’s Piano Man was the most influential record of my life”
—Jim Ward of At the Drive In

“AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” is the greatest meshing of vocal, guitar and content I’ve ever heard. That’s what I aspire to.”
—Bonnie Raitt

“My role models from an early age were people I knew, not people I heard on records – people who weren’t driven by record sales or material rewards, they were driven by the art itself. I don’t know any other way to do it.”
—Steve Earle

“I’ve never had problems with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.”
—Mick Jagger

“I didn’t know how to deal with success. If there was a Rock Star 101 course, I would have liked to take it. It might have helped me.”
—Kurt Cobain

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